Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Happy Halloween!

In honor of my favorite holiday, I thought I would post some of my favorite video clips that fits perfectly on this day. Enjoy!











Monday, October 29, 2012

Transmission for 10/25/12

If you haven't heard the latest episode of Transmission, here it is. It features a collection of local darkwave/goth bands here in the Twin Cities. It is fantastic. Check it out!

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Mix of the Week - Halloween mix

With Halloween right around the corner, it was inevitable I was going to put together a Halloween playlist. Enjoy! :)

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Saturday, October 27, 2012

Albums I am currently listening to

Shiny Toy Guns: III

I didn't realize until this morning that the new Shiny Toy Guns was already out. So while I was out running errands, I picked up III. I was so not disappointed. III is a great album.I am so glad that Carah Faye is back in the band. I wasn't all that impressed with the previous singer. Love the song "Waiting Alone" to pieces. Classic STG.


Ellie Goulding: Halcyon

A couple of weeks ago I saw the video for "Anything Could Happen" by Ellie on VH1 and immediately was hooked on the song. Of course I ended up buying her new cd Halcyon. I am so glad that I did. It is a really good electro-pop album.


For All the Emptiness: Axioms

This was one of 2 cds that I bought the other night at the Theory of Revolution show. Axioms is an awesome album of catchy synthpop. I have been listening to it a lot.


Deviant UK: Very Bad Things

Very Bad Things was the other album that I bought on Wednesday night. I love it but the album pales in comparison to seeing them live. If you can, go check them out. Jay is quite a character when performing.


Myths: Myths

So on Monday night, I went to see Grimes at The Varsity Theater. One of the 2 opening acts was this unique duo called Myths. I was totally blown away by their music. It is really hard to describe their music. It is very electronic based for sure with elements of hip hop to it. Very experimental and an acquired taste. I ended up buying their self-titled album at the show. It is very good and worth listening to.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Best of 2012 [preliminary list]

Today I was just thinking of all the albums I bought this year, the majority being awesome. I know it is early but I thought I would post a preliminary list of what I consider the best albums of 2012. There were so many excellent releases, culling the list to a mere 10 is going to be immensely. In the meantime  here is all of my favorite 2012 releases.

As the Dark Against My Halo - The Cruxshadows
Believe - Celtic Woman
Bruise - Assemblage 23
Carry the Fire - Delta Rae
Chirality - The Frozen Autumn
Colorblind - Twitch the Ripper
Discover [compilation from Conzoom records] - Various Artists
Diskonnekt - Decoded Feedback
East - Ego Likeness
Electronic Saviors 2: Recurrence - Various Artists
Escape - Future Perfect
Georgy #11811 - Mari Chrome
Halcyon - Ellie Goulding
Hearts of the World - Moonlight Cove
Hide and Seek - The Birthday Massacre
High Like the Angels - Alpha Point
Icon Koru - SITD
Letting Go - Stray
Marrow 1 - I:Scintilla
Music Box Opera - Delerium
Not Your Kind of People - Garbage
Retro Americana - 9th Evolution
Samsara soundtrack
S.T.O.P - And One
Synthetic Movement - CHROM
III - Is/Is
III - Shiny Toy Guns
The Man Who Couldn't Stop - Caustic
The Singles - Goldfrapp
The Truth About Love - P!nk
This Is It - Wiping Out Thousands
Timewave Zero - Grendel
Utopia - In Strict Confidence
Valturi - Sigur Ros
Visions - Grimes
Waveform [2012 re-release] - Carved Souls

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Theory of Revolution 2012 review

Theory of Revolution 2012 at The Triple Rock Social Club


Well another concert has come and gone. The Theory of Revolution 2012 featured the British act Deviant UK, Canadian band For All The Emptiness, California band Carved Souls, and as well as local band Thought Thieves. Of course I did the VIP deal for the show. That was really cool. Got to hear all the bands run through sound check. I was duly impressed by the sounds of Deviant UK. I admit I was giddy as a school girl when I met the guys in Carved Souls, one of my new favorite bands of 2012.

The first band to start off the show was For All the Emptiness.

Despite being sick, Jonathan Kaplan sounded great. I loved their set so much. I ended up buying their album Axioms during the night. I also have to say Jonathan is also a great guy too. Very modest about his talents as an artist and played wonderful host for the VIPs. I really recommend checking out Axioms. It is a really great, well-crafted synthpop album.

After FATE, was the main reason I was at the show..Carved Souls. If you haven't heard of these guys, you should NOW.

Despite having to play a mere 30 minutes, the band put on an excellent show. I wished they played "She's All Alone" but overall loved every song the band performed.

Thought Thieves followed after Carved Souls. It has been awhile since I had seen the band perform live. They sounded terrific as always. Most, if not all of the songs they performed live were new to me. Sorry forgot to record footage of the band. I was busy dancing ;).

Finally Deviant UK.

Deviant UK was fucking awesome! I absolutely loved Jay. His interactions with the audience was hilarious. He even moved off stage and into the bar area on a couple of times. The energy in the audience was electrifying even if the audience was pretty small. I spent the entire set dancing to the music. I think I lost a pound or two from jumping so much with the guys in Carved Souls which really made my night. I also bought Deviant UK's latest cd that night too. Great cd might I add. I really loved how all the bands connected with the clubgoers through out the night. They were really accessible and gracious to everyone at the show. Despite the small number of people who attended the show, I have to say this show was my favorite concert (so far) that I have seen this fall.

I would like to say thanks to all the bands for their outstanding performances last night and just being great people. I had a total blast. I would definitely recommend to people to go check out all these bands. They put out some awesome music.

http://www.foralltheemptiness.com/

http://carvedsouls.com/

http://www.thoughtthievesmusic.com/

http://www.myspace.com/deviantuk

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Wiping Out Thousands

Well today is the day. Wiping Out Thousands just released their full-length album This Came First. Check it out!

I should also mention that this is a free download. Oh and the band has an upcoming show at 7th Street Entry next month.

Monday, October 22, 2012

KMFDM at First Avenue on March 25

This just in earlier today on KMFDM's FB page:

konfirmed KMFDM US-dates so far:

Mar-8 Portland, OR - Star Theater
Mar-9 San Francisco, CA - The Independent
Mar -10 L.A., CA - Fonda Theater
Mar-11 Santa Ana, CA - The Observatory
Mar-12 Phoenix, AZ - Crescent Ballroom

then some Texas shows, tba

Mar-17 Atlanta, GA - Variety Playhouse

then D.C. & Philly, tba

Mar-20 Boston, MA - Paradise Rock Club

then NYC, Chicago etc., tba

Mar-25 Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue

then going out west, i.e. Denver, SLC, Boise & Seattle tba

See you there, with lots of new goodies, new setlist, new designs and a brand-spanking-new album
under our belts !!!




Saturday, October 20, 2012

My 50 all time favorite electronic albums

Just the other day I was thinking that it has been awhile since I last posted a list.  Originally I thought of posting my 100 greatest albums from the past 2 decades but then I realized I was just regurgitating my 100 greatest albums list. I then decided to my 50 favorite electronic albums. I have included a few recent releases from the last year or more because I felt they were just THAT good to be included on this list and that I think their music will hold up to the test of time.  I have included a mixbag of all forms of electronic music from rave music to industrial music. So sit right back and enjoy my latest creation ;).

50. Basement Jaxx - Kish Kash
49. iVardensphere - Bloodwater
48. Schiller - Voyage
47. Moonlight Cove - Hearts of the World
46. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo soundtrack
45. The Break Up - Synthesis
44. Republica - s/t
43. Balligomingo - Beneath the Surface
42. The Prodigy - Music For the Jilted Generation
41. Ayria - Debris
40. Front Line Assembly - Tactical Neural Implant
39. The Orb - The Orb's Adventures Beyond the Ultraworld
38. Air - Talkie Walkie
37. Sash! - It's My Life
36. Orbital - In Sides
35. KMFDM - NIHIL
34. Paul Van Dyk - Out There and Back
33. Air - Talkie Walkie
32. Future Perfect - Escape
31. Cylab - Satellites
30. Portishead - Dummy
29. VNV Nation - Empires
28. Massive Attack - Protection
27. Parralox - State of Decay
26. Kate Havnevik - Melankton
25. Daft Punk - Homework
24. Robert Miles - Dreamland
23. Android Lust - The Dividing
22. Madonna - Ray of Light
21. Hooverphonic - Blue Power Wonder Milk
20. Invisible Limits - A Conscious State
19. Depeche Mode - Violator
18. Berlin - Lovelife
17. Sleepthief - Dawnseeker
16. The Crystal Method - Vegas
15. Hackers soundtracks (both 1 & 2)
14. William Orbit - Piece in a Modern Style
13. Bjork - Homogenic
12. Bliss - Quiet Letters
11. Buddha Bar IV
10. Erasure - The Innocents
09. BT - ESCM
08. Curve - Gift
07. Unter Null - The Failure Epiphany
06. Run Lola Run soundtrack
05. Goldfrapp - Felt Mountain
04. Leftfield - Leftism
03. Moby - Play
02. Delerium - Karma
01. Faithless - Sunday 8pm

Friday, October 19, 2012

Anna Aliena - Gloomy Sunday

If you haven't heard of Anna Aliena, you should now. Just today she just posted her newest music video, it is for "Gloomy Sunday". Hope you enjoy it, I know I did :).


Anna Aliena bandcamp page

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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Dreams Divide

Tonight I came across a really great synthpop band from London called Dreams Divide. I discovered them from one of my friends on youtube with this live footage.

It goes without saying that I was hooked immediately. Check them out! They are awesome.

http://dreamsdivide.bandcamp.com/album/puppet-love
http://www.myspace.com/dreamsdividemusic
Dreams Divide Last FM page 

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

I:Scintilla - Marrow 1 EP

New I:Scintilla EP Marrow 1 is now out and available for download now.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

AudioCentesis

Last night, I came across a really great up and coming aggrotech band from Saint Paul, MN called AudioCentesis. They had just released their second album Force Majeure.

It is awesome to see the local dark scene expand especially when the band's music is in the aggrotech vein. I am hoping this will lead to more local musicians to venture into that territory.

Here is the band's first EP Burial, released last year. Check them out and spread the word!

Friday, October 12, 2012

Zombies, zombies, zombies

In honor of tomorrow's Zombie Pub Crawl in the Twin Cities, I decided that tonight's blog will feature a slew of zombie-related videos as a tribute for the event. Enjoy! :)











Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Albums I am currently listening to

My latest order from Metropolis records arrived yesterday. Needless to say it felt like Christmas for this music lover ;).

In Strict Confidence: Utopia

I have been loving the new ISC album Utopia. After not listening to them for so long (because I found more interesting bands to be honest), I have fallen back in love with the band on their new album. After hearing several clips off the album online, I was hooked.I just love Nina de Lianin's vocals. Love every single track on the album. I definitely foresee this album in my top ten best of list at the end of the year.


The Birthday Massacre: Hide and Seek

I admit, I didn't like Pins and Needles. I am not going to make any bones about my dislike for the previous TBM full length album. As much as I didn't care for it, I wasn't willing to dismiss them. I knew they could put out better music and on a whim I had pre-ordered Hide and Seek back in July (along with Caustic and ISC's new albums). I was not disappointed. Hide and Seek immediately reminded me what made me love the band to start with...Chibi's vocals and their ability to write a good pop hook.


Caustic: The Man Who Couldn't Stop

This is one of my most highly anticipated fall releases especially after seeing Caustic perform live at The Saloon on Hard Mondays earlier this summer (which was a real treat). His new album did not disappoint me. The nearly 80 minute long album is quite a challenge to listen to I have to admit however Matt breaks it up by delving into various areas of electronic music whether it is digital hard core or trip hop. The most compelling track is the last song on the album "Fin (Again) Born (Again)". It is so unlike any of Caustic song I have ever heard. It is very eery and unsettling for an instrumental track. My other fave is the track "Bleed You Out" featuring Shikhee of Android Lust. Killer jam.


Ego Likeness:East

A few weeks ago I had managed to score a copy of East from Ego Likeness when the band said they still had a few copies of the EP in the Compass series. This (and the re-release of Dragonfly) has solidified me as a diehard Ego Likeness fan. Ego Likeness could sing the phone book and I would still buy their music. lol

P!nk: The Truth About Love

Yes, I admit, I am a P!nk fan. For a long time though, I have totally written her off as a pop tart. That was until Funhouse, her previous album. I found myself enjoying her music then. I think a lot of it was due to her growing maturity level. The problem with her earlier albums is that bad lyrics and she just came off really silly IMHO. When I first heard her first single off The Truth About Love "Blow Me (One Last Kiss)", I knew I was going to get that album. The Truth About Love has definitely been getting lots of airtime at home and at work. I especially love her songs "Try" and "Just Give Me A Reason". The album isn't completely perfect (hate "Here Comes the Weekend" and "Where Did the Beat Go") but overall it is a fun album to listen to at work.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Delerium - Days Turn Into Night

This morning before work, I discovered on Delerium's FB page that a new song was posted on their wall. It is called Days Turn Into Night. I will be honest I think I need to listen to it a few more times for the singer's vocals to grow on me. Still it hasn't turned me off completely and I am looking forward to hearing the new Delerium album Music Box Opera when it comes out at the end of this month.

In Delerium related news, you can hear the title track on the free compilation Nettwerk Fall Music Sampler 2012. It's free. Can't beat that price ;).

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Updated list of CDs I have bought in 2012

I thought I would do one more list of CDs I have bought in 2012 (and still have) before the end of the year gets here. Not sure when I will get the debut EP by The Bellwether Syndicate so I am leaving that off. I am including the new Caustic and TBM albums because they should get to me by Monday or Tuesday.

A. Wolf and Her Claws - s/t
Alien Skin - Ghost in the Rain
Alpha Point - High Like the Angels
And One - S.T.O.P
Assemblage 23 - Bruise

Belly - Star/King
Brute Heart - Lonely Hunter

Carved Souls - Waveform
Caustic - I Can't Believe We're Re-Releasing This Crap/The Man Who Couldn't Stop
Celtic Woman - Believe
Chrom - Synthetic Movement
Cecile Corbel - The Secret World of Arrietty
Conjure One - s/t
Curve - The Way of Curve
Cwn Annwn - The Alpha and Omega

Dead Can Dance - Anastasis
Dead Horse Trauma - Tell Us Hodiernus Caducus
Decoded Feedback - Diskonnekt
Delerium - Karma and Chimera
Dido - No Angel
Various Artists - Discover
Dual Density - Soul Ecstasy

Ego Likeness - Dragonfly (re-release)/East
Electronic Saviors 2: Recurrence
Erasure - The Innocents
Everything But the Girl - Walking Wounded

Future/Perfect - Escape

Garbage - Not Your Kind of People
Goldfrapp - The Singles
Grendel - Prescription Medicine/Harsh Generation/Timewave Zero
Grimes - Visions

Icon of Coil - Machines are Us
Ikon - Subversion
In Strict Confidence - Morpheus
Invisible Limits - A Conscious State
I:scintilla - Dying and Falling
Is/Is - III

Howard Jones - The Very Best of
Hungry Lucy - Glo

Kasey Chambers - Barricades and Brickwalls

Lacuna Coil - Dark Adrenaline
L'assassins - s/t
Light Asylum - s/t

Madonna - Ray of Light
Mankind is Obsolete - Trapped Inside
Mari Chrome - Georgy #11811
Metric - Synthetica
Moby - Destroyed
Moonlight Cove - Hearts of the World

9th Evolution - Retro Americana

Omega Lithium - Kinetik

Pink - The Truth About Love

Samsara soundtrack
Sapphire Solace - Shadow Stories
Sequencia - algo en tu ser
Sigur Ros - Valtari
Siouxsie and The Banshees - The Best of
SITD - Icon Koru
Sounds of the Underground
Spectra Paris - License to Kill
Stoa - Zal
System Syn - All Seasons Pass

10,000 Maniacs - Our Time in Eden
Tearwave - Different Shade of Beauty
The Birthday Massacre - Hide and Seek
The Frozen Autumn - Chirality/Fragments of Memories/Emotional Screening Device
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
The Namesake
This Mortal Coil - Filigree and Shadow
Trampled by Turtles - Stars and Satellites
Twitch the Ripper - Colorblind

Unter Null - Moving On (autographed and free swag which is why I bought another copy)

VNV Nation - Burning Empires
Voltaire - Hate Lives in a Small Town


 

Friday, October 5, 2012

The Birthday Massacre - Hide and Seek

After work today, I discovered that someone had uploaded all ten tracks of the new album Hide and Seek by The Birthday Massacre. I listened to all of the songs and I can say it blows the previous TBM album Pins and Needles (I don't count their EP Imaginary Monsters) out of the water. Check it out.

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Finally got the email notice that my order for the album was shipped out today. I do encourage people to buy the album legally. I have posted links to where you can buy the new TBM album.

Hide and Seek at Amazon.com
Hide and Seek at Metropolis Records

Thursday, October 4, 2012

In Strict Confidence - Utopia [sample mix]

Tonight I came across several tracks off the new In Strict Confidence album Utopia on youtube courtesy of ISC's singer Nina de Lianin. I put together a small playlist featuring those songs that I had the opportunity to listen to. I must say that from what I have heard, the music is fantastic. I really love Nina's vocals. Her vocals have an operatic quality and adds a new dimension to In Strict Confidence's music. All of the songs that I have heard is fantastic. They all have memorable melodies and great beats. I honestly think Utopia is the best ISC album I have ever heard...at least so far. Check out these songs. For those who are sucker for female vocals (like me), I think you won't be disappointed in Utopia.

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BTW...for some odd reason Metropolis Records has removed Utopia from their website. I have emailed the label about this issue and I hope to get a response back soon or before the weekend ends. I have pre-ordered the album. I am wondering if I have to buy a copy elsewhere. I'll post an update on my FB page for those who might have pre-ordered the album too (like me).

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Miss FD - Down in the Dungeon music video

Gotta love Miss FD. She puts out some of the most entertaining music videos I have ever seen and "Down in the Dungeon" is no exception to that statement.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Halo Effect - Recoding (album preview)

Never heard of Halo Effect until now but they have a new album coming out in December. Judging by the preview, it sounds bloody awesome.

Monday, October 1, 2012

Happy Birthday to the compact disc

Today I just learned that the compact disc has turned 30 years old. The compact disc turns 30. What an ugly reminder of how old I am getting ;). In honor of the CD's 30th birthday, I thought I would share with my readers the first five cds I bought when I was a teenager.

Loreena McKennitt: The Mask and the Mirror

This was the very first cd I ever bought. I first heard of Loreena McKennitt on Cities 97 and immediately fell in love with her voice and music. I still love this album to this very day.

Pink Floyd: The Dark Side of the Moon

My older brother played Pink Floyd a lot as a teenager. Evenutally his taste in music wore off on me. This was my second cd I bought. Now? I don't listen to them any more. I find PF's music bloody boring to be honest.

Penelope Houston and her Band: The Whole World

I came across this cd at a used book store and got curious about it. It was okay but I really didn't listen to it very much. Music didn't really stick with me to be honest.

Social Distortion: Social Distortion

This is the album that altered my musical tastes forever. I used to listen to really bad hair metal but then I saw a video for SD's "Ball and Chain" on MTV and that got me into alternative music at the time. I first had a cassette version but eventually I bought a cd version.

Siouxsie and The Banshees: Twice Upon a Time

I first had this album in cassette form but after leaving the University of Northern Iowa (after one year of hell), I bought a cd version of my favorite album in my college years. While Ministry's Psalm 69 album was my first intro to the goth/industrial scene, this collection of Siouxsie and the Banshees songs was the album that really influenced me and still has a lasting impression on me.